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The last period of Argentina’s military dictatorship started in 1976 and ended in 1983. In this time, Argentines were severely repressed by State terrorism that resulted in the forced disappearances of 30,000 people. Also, many people were kidnapped, tortured, and killed by the State. During this time, music, specifically Rock Nacional, allowed Argentinians to express themselves, denouncing abuses and violations, and differentiate themselves in opposition to those who held power over them thought. This research explores the role of music used in the March 24 marches in the construction of collective memory in Argentina through an analysis of popular songs’ lyrics, interviews with a specialist and people who participate in the marches, and videos and experiences of the marches. Through this analysis, I affirm that music is not only a way of remembering and commemorating the military dictatorship, but is also a way of transmitting the memory and teaching the youth the tradition of fighting for human rights. Likewise, music is also warning to stop both abuses and violent acts by the state in the present as well as to avoid them in the future.


Distinction of Excellence Award for Consideration of Multiple Audiences and Her Approach to Human Rights Research

Course: Study abroad